C60 (also called Fullerene) is a molecule that resembles a soccer ball. It is a molecule in the shape of a spherical ball, made of sixty carbon atoms (C60). It is found in nature, typically in soot or other carbon based ash in very small amounts.
The physical properties of C60 made them a medical curiosity many years ago, because they are physically inactive (they won’t react with anything, & therefore thought to be harmless), they are a very strong, very light carbon that could act like molecular cages.
Now, since this material is made of carbon atoms which are chemically inert and joined together in a perfect symmetry, other compounds that are unstable stick to these molecules as glue. Since free radicals are highly unstable molecules, C60 molecules are very good at cleaning up free radicals, this has been proven in rodent studies.
C60 has been documented to be 10-100x more effective as an antioxidant than vitamin E. Also, a previous study conducted in Alzheimer rodents treated with C60, rodents developed Alzheimer’s disease in later life, & as a result, longer lived (PNAS, 1997).
The problem with C60 is that they don’t dissolve in water, because they are chemically inert.